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    • Faculty of Education
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • PhD in Education

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    Expected duration

    • 3+ years

Program details

To earn your PhD, you must demonstrate independent research capability. The program consists of coursework and a substantial research component.

Each year, the Faculty of Education offers a cohort in a specified area of study (the area varies yearly).

Expected duration: 3+ years

Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

Course work

Students must complete 24 credit hours of coursework including a minimum of 12 credit hours in the program area; a minimum of six credit hours in a cognate area; and a minimum of six credit hours of research methods/analysis.

Upcoming graduate courses

Not all PhD courses listed in the Academic Calendar are offered every year. Please consult the information below for current and planned future courses.

Sample course offerings

  • EDUC 7030: Doctoral Tutorial in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 7040: Current Issues in Mathematics Education (6 credit hours)
  • EDUC 7050: Doctoral Study in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 7060: Advanced Seminar in Educational Administration 1 (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 7090: Language Arts Curriculum (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 7100: Reading Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 7110: Doctoral Seminar in Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 7130: Language and Identity in Second Language Contexts (3 credit hours)

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission to the PhD in Education program, you must have a minimum of:

  • A master’s degree from a recognized institution (The MEd course-based route at the University of Manitoba is typically a terminal degree. It is insufficient as evidence of research capacity for admission into the PhD in Education program).
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in your last 60 credit hours of university study.
  • A suitable academic background for the program area admission is being sought.
  • Appropriate research capability and occupational experience.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

The PhD in Education program has one application deadline per year and applications are accepted for September entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts
  • Current CV that shows you have suitable occupational experience such as: educational or administrative work or service in a school, post-secondary or similar setting; practice in school counseling, psychology, or related profession; or equivalent work, service or practice. Include any relevant awards, scholarships, abilities or authorships
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from the supervisor of the work submitted as evidence of appropriate research capability (must be requested from within the application)
  • Evidence of research capability
  • Statement of intent
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies PhD Program of study and appointment of advisory committee form (PDF). This is for the purpose of admission only; the final form will need to be approved after admission
  • Education PhD Program approval form (PDF). This is for the purpose of admission only; the final form will need to be approved after admission
  • Indicate if you have secured funding or will be applying for funding from the Faculty of Education and/or Faculty of Graduate Studies funding opportunities
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required

Evidence of research capability and statement of intent requirements

Evidence of research capability

Submit evidence of appropriate research capability by uploading one of the following to the system:

  • Thesis from a recognized institution,
  • Major research paper equivalent to a thesis from a recognized institution plus a successfully completed three credit-hour 7000-level (or equivalent) research methods course,
  • Independently completed research article published in a peer-reviewed journal plus a successfully completed three credit-hour 7000-level (or equivalent) research methods course or
  • A research product and coursework equivalent to one of the above.

Statement of intent

  • 1000 words maximum; double-spaced.
  • The statement of intent is an opportunity to reflect on your interest in the field of education and to give the Admissions Committee a better idea of who you are.
  • The statement of intent is an important component of your application, and we ask that you pay attention to both form and content.
  • Your statement of intent should outline your research focus.

Application deadline (Canadian, US and international applicants)

Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 December 1, 2021 Not Open Yet

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.  

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Faculty of Education
203 Education Building,
71 Curry Place
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204-474-9004
1-800-432-1960 ext 9004
Fax: 204-474-7551